On Saturday 11 December, Thomas Ospital will give an organ concert in the Monuments series. At this moment, on Saturday night time will stand still for an hour and history will resonate intensely thanks to the magnificent acoustics of the Oude Kerk.
In recent years, young Parisian organist Thomas Ospital has become one of the most appealing concert organists worldwide. He will play a programme of music by Bach as well as Sweelinck’s famous Mein Junges Leben hat ein End. He will also improvise on the Vater-Müller organ in a first solo organ concert after the restoration of the tower of the Oude Kerk. After all, the famous organ was silent for the whole of 2020 after having been restored between 2015 and 2019. From now on, the famous organ will sound once again in the Silence series, the Playing the Cathedral series and the classical organ series Monuments.
Thomas Ospital, (Ayherre, France, 1990), studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris from 2008 to 2015; he has been teaching organ there since September 2021. Between 2009 and 2014, Thomas won awards in many international competitions and studied with the organists of Notre-Dame Olivier and with Philippe Levebvre. In 2015, he was appointed the titular organist of another famous church in Paris: the Église Saint-Eustache, which boasts France’s grandest pipe organ. He performs worldwide as a soloist and with choirs and orchestras. Although young, he is renowned for his improvisations in many forms, including those accompanying silent films.
11 December, 8.15 p.m.